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Lightning 100 is excited to bring back Live On the Green Music Festival for another season of free music in downtown Nashville.   Join us on September 4th for Cage the Elephant, Delta Spirit and JohnnySwim!  What’s better than free music downtown?  Going as a #SeriouslyGood VIP.  Leave a comment on the photo in this post and you could win 2 VIP tickets for Lightning 100′s Live On The Green.  Winner selected Thursday, September 4th at noon!  Comments must be approved by admin!  Don’t worry, we will get to them.


Lightning 100’s Top 25 videos of 2012

Lightning 100 had a great 2012….for in-studio performances!  We made a list of our some of our favorite performances from the year, click here to see the full list.

  1. Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
    We gave 20 lucky fans the chance to see a private performance with Imagine Dragons before their sold out show at Cannery Ballroom.  One of our listeners included lead singer, Dan Reynolds, younger brother who won tickets during the lunch request hour.  Watch Imagine Dragons performs “Radioactive” live at Lightning 100.  Click here to see the band perform their big single “It’s Time” live in our studio.
  2. Alabama Shakes – Hold On
    Band of Horses used to wear the crown for biggest crowd at Live On the Green until Alabama Shakes performed in 2012.  Check out Alabama Shakes performance “Hold On” at Live On the Green.
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  3. Passion Pit – Take A Walk
    Passion Pit
    performs in front of a few fans in Griffin Technology’s Pre-Show Live event at Marathon Music Works.  The band was running late, so we had to cut out the interview.  Michael Angelakos, lead singer of Passion Pit was a little offended by this.  Check out this live version of “Take A Walk”.  We’ve also recorded “Constant Conversations” and “Sleepyheads” at the show.
  4. The Lumineers – Classy Girl
    If you heard The Lumineers first on Lightning 100, you’ve got Wells Adams to thank for that.  After a few weeks of playing “Ho Hey” during our music meetings, the song made it to the airwaves.  Lightning 100 was one of the first stations in the country to play The Lumineers…..and now you hear them everywhere.
  5. Walk The Moon – Anna Sun
    The young up-and-coming band Walk the Moon stopped by the studio without their face paint.  Check out their performance  “Anna Sun” live at Lightning 100.  We’ve also got a recording of “Tightrope” on our HD On-demand Page.
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Delta Spirit in-studio performance

We were very happy to get Delta Spirit back in Nashville to perform at Live On the Green with The Wallflowers!  Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit stopped by the studio to perform “Empty House” and “Tear It Up” before the show!   We also posted a video by Make It Pop from Live On the Green with Delta Spirit performing “Parade”.  Click here to check out the videos!

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Win tickets to The Wallflowers & Delta Spirit

Lightning 100 had a great turnout for our first Live On the Green of 2012!  Click here to check out pictures from Dr. John, Moon Taxi, and Jon Cleary.  Want to experience LOTG as a Lightning 100 VIP?  Add a comment below on the photo of Delta Spirit to enter to win tickets to The Wallflowers, Delta Spirit, and The Dunwells.


NSN Flashback: Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit performed at Nashville Sunday Night back in 2008 in support of Ode to Sunshine.  Check out Lightning 100’s footage from the show!  They look so young…or can you tell?  Delta Spirit performs St. Francis on NSN, which later came out on History from Below.


Delta Spirit in-studio performance

Matt Vasquez from Delta Spirit joined us in the studio before his show at Cannery Ballroom.  The other guys apparently wanted to “sleep in”, but we’ve just got a hunch that they remembered the small size of our studio.  Check out this solo performance of the sad version of “California” and Matt’s first solo live performance of “Yahama”.  We’ve been playing “California” on Lightning 100, any other songs on the album you would like to hear?  Leave a comment below and let us know.  Click here to see our other in-studios with Delta Spirit.


Delta Spirit performs Trashcan, People, Turn Around, and Strange Vine

Delta Spirit performs Trashcan, People, Turn Around, and Strange Vine.  Check out the guys during their first album in 2008!


Delta Spirit debuts a new song “California”

Lightning 100 introduced you to Delta Spirit in 2009 at Nashville Sunday Night.  We were so impressed we had the guys in the next day for an in-studio performance!  Click here to see the performances from Nashville Sunday Night and the Lightning 100 studio.

Delta Spirit will be releasing a new, full length album on March 13th.  It will be a different type of album featuring drum machines and samples and was produced by Chris Coady, who has previously worked with such groups as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio.

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New Delta Spirit…


Delta Spirit – Empty House


Middle Brother… Great new supergroup

Have you heard of this new super group called Middle Brother??? Middle Brother is Matt Vasquez, John J. McCauley III and Taylor Goldsmith. I’m sure you’re familiar with Matt Vasquez indirectly.  He is the lead singer of Delta Spirit.  A band we play frequently on Lightning 100.  The other two guys… Well it’s just a matter of time.  Goldsmith is the lead singer of Dawes.  A indie/rock band out of California, you have probably heard the Dawes song “When My Time Comes” on a recent Chevy commercial.  McCauley of Deer Tick fronts the indie/folk band out of Providence, Rhode Island.  The last time I saw Deer Tick was when they opened for Dr. Dog at the Cannery Ballroom a while back. (They had a huge following back then.)

Now that you know the cast of characters.. Lets talk about this new record.  It hasn’t come out of my car CD player since it dropped in stores.  When I bought the LP, I was hoping it would consist primarily of Vasquez.  I am a huge Delta Spirit fan.  This was not the case. In hindsight, I couldn’t be happier about this.  The record really showcases McCauley of Deer Tick, of whom I knew the least.  That has changed as of late. All 3 guys really compliment one another very well, with beautiful lyrics and raspy delivery. The whole LP is good.  But if  you want to save some money and only buy a few tracks I would suggest the title track “Middle Brother,” the 1st track “Daydreaming” and a the last track on the A side called “Portland.”

You have been forewarned.  Go forth and make good life/music decisions.


Hammel’s Top Albums of 2010

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt
Jonsi – Go
Aloe Blacc – Good Things
Lost In The Trees – All Alone In An Empty House
Delta Spirit – History From Below
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
Horse Feathers – Thistled Spring & Drain You 45

Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame

The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Josh Ritter – So Runs The World Away
Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot… The Son of Chico Dusty
Justin Vernon of Bon Iver – Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine
The Black Keys – Brothers


Delta Spirit!

Delta Spirit will be coming into the Lightning 100 studio today at 2:30 to talk about their new record “History From Below” and playing us a few tunes.  The boys from San Diego will be playing tonight at Mercy Lounge w/ Darker My Love and The Fling. You can get your tickets now at our Concert Page.  Here is a video from the last time they were in the studio…This should get you ready for tonight!


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